After his adventures with BNR and PowNed, Jan Roos (45)’s media career seemed to be over forever. After a futile attempt to enter the House of Representatives, former PowNed star Dennis Schouten embraced him. Since then, they have created the successful but also infamous YouTube juice program RoddelPraat, with which they manage to attract half a million Dutch viewers every week. Roos announces his ambitions to Taalbuis: ‘I assume John de Mol will have taken over us in 2025’
YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY MADE RADIO AND TV PROGRAMS, STARTED A POLITICAL PARTY, MADE PODCASTS, STARTED A POLL. YOU ARE NOW MAKING YOUTUBE PROGRAMS THAT THINK MORE THAN HALF A MILLION VIEWERS. WHAT DO YOU KNOW MOST GOOD?
I do what I like. So nothing is more fun or less fun. I just like variety. Now I can enjoy the entertainment we bring with Gossip Talk. But also from the confusion of the mainstream media, which just does not know how to deal with it. It’s delicious. It is precisely by doing so many different disciplines in the media that I demonstrate my versatility. And besides the strange idea of going into politics, everything has always worked. It’s a long nose for people who keep hoping to get rid of me. And every time I come back with a success. It is fun.
YOUTUBE IS AN IMPORTANT PLATFORM FOR YOU. LAST TIME YOU HAVE BEEN FACE DIFFERENT LIMITS THAT OBSTACLE YOUR REACH OR ADVERTISING. CAN GOSSIP BE SUCCESS WITHOUT THIS PLATFORM?
We must. It is, of course, scandalous that tech giants decide what is right or wrong. That, in my opinion, is what the law is all about and not getting blue-haired non-binary idiots to decide what ‘is over the limit’. You do not participate in what they call the ‘positive world community’. What it is, no dog knows, because they do not explain what you are doing wrong. I always think that’s scary, because one person’s positive world community is another’s hell. We have devised laws for it in the free west, you might say. So everyone must abide by the same rules. They have a monopoly position and constitute their own world ideology. I fear that as a lover of liberties. They have now totally thrown us out because of advertising revenue. Why is not clear. You get a vague email and that’s it. But with that limitation comes several limitations. You are hardly recommended anymore, you are harder to find and the viewer numbers have slowed down. The idea is actually that you stop it. And it makes me sick. Because this kills freedom of speech, our greatest asset. And then you can say that it is a commercial company with its own rules, but that is the company you need for this. So you can do nothing else. And with that, they will push you financially to keep up. So I fit in.
YOU ARE SUPPORTED BY MANY DONORS. ISN’T IT A BEAUTIFUL FOUNDATION TO START A VIDEO ASSOCIATION?
We will reach the number of members with two fingers in the nose. Work is already underway on a political level, and our target group, the nihilists, is not yet served by the NPO. It will be a huge success.
AND WHAT SHOULD SUCH A SENDING ASSOCIATION LOOK LIKE?
The Nihilistic Broadcaster has no ideology, no worldview, no faith, no mission, no idea, except that we want to entertain people who fit our target audience. We could be another PowNed, only 1000 times better. That is, one who entertains, kicks against holy houses and is not left like the rest. But as you know, PowNed has been bribed with taxpayers’ money to sell the same nonsense as everyone else. Completely unbelievable. This is how it will never be with us, because unlike Dominique Weesie, I was born with a spine. Our mission is not a mission, we will always follow the course.
GOSSIP HAS ONLY BEEN ACTIVE FOR TWO YEARS AND HAS ALREADY HAD A GREAT IMPACT ON THE SHOWBIZZ LANDSCAPE AS A JUICE CHANNEL. IN THE PREVIOUSLY, YOU WERE AS A REPORTER SPECIAL ACTIVE AT THE HAGUE BINNENHOF. DOES THE GOSPEL ABOUT GIO, GLENNIS GRACE AND FIVE LOUISE GIVE YOU AN INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGE?
Not at all. But I do not sit and do this nonsense all day. Dutch celebrities and their pathetic world do not interest me a bit. But I think it’s fun to spice things up a bit. Those people really think they are doing something, while three quarters do not have a gram of talent. I have a different interpretation of intellectual challenge than Charly Luske’s wedding.
DESPITE YOUR FURTHER RANGE AND SCOOP ABOUT MARCO BORSATO, ALI B. AND FEMKE LOUISE, IT IS ESPECIALLY YVONNE COLDEWEIJER WHO HAS BEEN CROWNED IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA AS ‘JUICE QUEEN OF THE NEDERLANDS. DOESN’T MAKE A LITTLE DESPITE DESPITE THAT YOU KNOW HER WELL?
In terms of numbers, we are clearly the largest, but it is easier for the mainstream media to put Yvonne on the shield. They just do. I don ‘t need those guys. I do not care if they ignore me. I laugh at them every day.
WITH ONLINE VIDEO AND PODCASTING, A SERVICE MODEL NOW LOOKS LIKE ESTABLISHED. WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR BEGINNING MEDIA MAKERS?
Follow your own path, do not become customized, join backme.org to receive donations with your work and remain independent. Rather earn a little with your own work than a little more with dancing to the tunes of the owners in the Media Park.
AND WHAT CAN EXISTING MEDIA LEARN FROM YOU?
The Netherlands does not consist of Amsterdam and Hilversum. The rest of the country is filled with normal people who do not need your global citizen nonsense.
WHAT DOES JAN ROOS DO IN 2025?
Jan Roos does not know yet. But I assume that John de Mol then took over us.